America’s Quirkiest New Year’s Eve Celebrations


NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Your New Year’s travel options aren’t limited to the big celebrations in Las Vegas or New York City.

According to the travel review site TripAdvisor, some smaller cities in the U.S. host much wackier New Year’s Eve celebrations. TripAdvisor rounded up 10 of the more notable free parties scheduled across the country this year.

Here are some of the highlights:

No. 6: MoonPie Drop, Mobile, Ala.

The town of Mobile, Ala., celebrates New Year’s Eve by throwing moon pies to revelers as a 12-foot electronic moon pie falls from a height of 34 stories. (TripAdvisor says that particular pastry was selected by Mobile residents because they consume more than 4 million pounds of moon pies a year.) The festivities also include a Mardi Gras celebration featuring a parade with traditional Mardi Gras floats and live music.

No. 5: “Sushi” Drag Queen Drop, Key West, Fla.

This Key West celebration actually features three drops at three locations. Legendary drag queen “Sushi” is lowered to the ground in a giant red shoe in front of the Bourbon Street Pub. A 6-foot-tall Styrofoam conch drops over at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. And a “pirate wench” descends from the mast of a ship at Schooner Wharf Bar.

No. 3: Bologna Drop, Lebanon, Pa.

The third quirkiest drop on TripAdvisor’s list isn’t as gross as it sounds. The town does drop a 12-foot, 200-pound load of bologna, but it makes its descent via crane and, afterward, the bologna is donated to a local charity. The drop is accompanied by music, complimentary hot beverages and a party.

No. 1: Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop, Eastport, Maine

TripAdvisor’s quirkiest celebration involves dropping an 8-foot, 30-pound sardine made from wood and acrylic one hour before the clock strikes midnight. The sardine, which celebrates the thriving sardine cannery industry in Eastport, drops early because a 4-foot maple leaf, an homage to the town’s Canadian neighbors, is slated to make a descent at midnight.

Interested revelers can find out which other quirky celebrations made the list on the TripAdvisor Web site.

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